Lucia Maffei

Lucia Maffei is a Summer writing intern at TechCrunch and grad student of Journalism at Northwestern University’s Medill School of Journalism, specializing in business reporting and data visualization.

At TC, she writes about the smartphone industry, with a side interest in photography.

During her career, Lucia has written for both local and national newspapers in Italy. In her free time, she enjoys reading Stephen King’s novels and playing table tennis.

Tips via mail: lucia.maffei@techcrunch.com

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  • ShakeAlert provides earthquake early warning system

    ShakeAlert provides earthquake early warning system

    The U.S. Geological Survey (USGS) and a series of university partners are developing an earthquake early warning system called ShakeAlert, which aims to provide the general public with alerts up to 10 seconds before an earthquake hits. The system is not yet public, but it is now undergoing testing in California, Oregon and Washington. “There is a similar test effort for an earthquake… Read More

  • StudySoup raises $1.7M to help students buy and sell class notes

    StudySoup raises $1.7M to help students buy and sell class notes

    San Francisco-based education startup StudySoup, which calls itself “a peer-to-peer learning marketplace,” announced it has raised $1.7 million in seed funding. The company works as an online study group where students can sell or purchase class notes and study guides. “We realized that a lot of students come to college on very different levels,” Sieva Kozinsky, 26… Read More

  • Narrative Science can now describe your Tableau charts for you

    Narrative Science can now describe your Tableau charts for you

    Tableau Software‘s shares soared 13 percent on Tuesday following the news that it has appointed a new CEO and the announcement that the data analytics provider has partnered with Narrative Science, a Chicago-based company that develops natural language generation (NLG) tools. The result of the partnership is Narratives for Tableau, a free Chrome extension that automatically… Read More

  • CrunchBase launches its official app for iOS

    CrunchBase launches its official app for iOS

    CrunchBase, the database of startups, announced today the launch of its iOS app. The app allows users to look up information about companies, acquisitions, investors, funding rounds and business news, just as the website does. “Now our users have the fastest way to search for innovative companies and leaders, read the CrunchBase Daily, and see what’s trending right at their… Read More

  • How carbon nanotubes could give us faster processors and longer battery life

    How carbon nanotubes could give us faster processors and longer battery life

    Carbon nanotubes are one of those supermaterials — a cylinder with a diameter of one or two nanometers — that are full of dreamy applications, ranging from supercomputers to ultra-efficient smartphones. The problem is, they are difficult to manufacture, and commercializing these applications may require 10 or 15 years. A nanotube is a tube-like molecular structure made of… Read More

  • Espresa wants to help companies pamper their employees

    Espresa wants to help companies pamper their employees

    The range of benefits that Silicon Valley companies offer employees may vary from dental, vision and 401(k) all the way to yoga massages, car washes and beauty services. With tech giants like Facebook and Google making a big deal about the benefits they offer, delivering and managing perks is a key part of any company’s strategy to attract talent now — and this is… Read More

  • Intel will start producing ARM chips to boost foundry business

    Intel will start producing ARM chips to boost foundry business

    Chip maker Intel and British semiconductor IP company ARM announced an agreement that could help boost the chip giant’s custom foundry business. The deal, revealed today at the the Intel Developer Forum in San Francisco, will allow Intel Custom Foundry to make ARM processors for third parties. Intel’s latest earnings announcement made it clear that the company is in the midst of… Read More

  • Hangouts On Air moving from Google+ to YouTube Live on September 12

    Hangouts On Air moving from Google+ to YouTube Live on September 12

    Google announced today that Hangouts On Air will move from Google+ to YouTube Live on September 12; users will be asked to migrate to YouTube Live. In an email to TechCrunch, Google confirmed that Hangouts on Air isn’t shutting down, but will move to YouTube Live. “We’re focusing our live streaming efforts on YouTube Live and consolidating our services there,”… Read More

  • Twitter reportedly in talks with Apple to bring its app and NFL games to Apple TV

    Twitter reportedly in talks with Apple to bring its app and NFL games to Apple TV

    The New York Times reported yesterday that the Twitter app may be coming to Apple TV — and with it, Twitter’s live streaming content. If the two companies reach a deal by fall, Apple TV users could potentially watch Twitter’s live coverage of NFL games on their screens, since a deal between Twitter and the NFL to live stream the games has already been signed. In an email… Read More

  • You don’t need a Google+ profile to post reviews on Play Store anymore

    You don’t need a Google+ profile to post reviews on Play Store anymore

    The Google Play Store will not require you to have a Google+ account to write reviews anymore. In an email to TechCrunch, Google confirmed the news that “a G+ profile is no longer needed to post a review.” Rumors that the change was happening were first reported by Android Police, which quoted several tips from its readers. As of today, the roll out appears to be continuing. Read More

  • Yelp will soon let you skip the line at restaurants thanks to Nowait partnership

    Yelp will soon let you skip the line at restaurants thanks to Nowait partnership

    Yelp and Nowait announced a partnership that will enable Yelp users to check nearby restaurants’ wait times and “get in line” remotely from the Yelp app. Yelp will be making an $8 million strategic investment as part of the partnership, which was announced as part as Yelp’s 2Q earnings release yesterday. Based in Pittsburgh, PA, Nowait is a mobile platform that has… Read More

  • Yelp tops 2Q expectations, announces partnership with Nowait and names Jed Nachman as COO

    Yelp tops 2Q expectations, announces partnership with Nowait and names Jed Nachman as COO

    Following the bell today, Yelp reported a strong second quarter 2016 financial performance that made the stock soar almost 11 percent in after-hours trading. Yelp’s earnings release included better-than-expected revenue of $173.4 million and non-GAAP earnings per share of $0.16. As part of the earnings release, Yelp made two additional announcements. First, the company said it… Read More

  • Robots will cover the Olympics for The Washington Post

    Robots will cover the Olympics for The Washington Post

    The Washington Post announced today that it will use artificial intelligence to report key information about the Olympics. The software will contribute The Post’s coverage of Rio 2016 by posting raw data and short updates, while a team of human reporters will provide readers with analysis and more in-depth articles. Heliograf, as the team calls its robot reporter, will take… Read More

  • Online linguistic search engine Ludwig helps get your English on

    Online linguistic search engine Ludwig helps get your English on

    f you’ve ever tried to write in a language that isn’t your own, you are probably well aware of at least two things: first, writing requires much more time than usual and, second, even online translation services are often wrong. Italian researcher Antonio Rotolo faced these issues early in his academic endeavors. To pursue an international career, he was required to publish… Read More

  • Zynga plummets 9% in after-hours trading

    Zynga plummets 9% in after-hours trading

    Social game developer Zynga tumbled 9 percent in after-hours trading following the second quarter 2016 earnings announcement after the bell today. The company reported a net loss of $4.4 million, while still beating analysts’ expectations in terms of revenue. For the second quarter ended June 30, the San Francisco-based maker of FarmVille and Words with Friends posted revenue of… Read More

  • Tableau Software’s Q2 earnings fall short of estimates

    Tableau Software’s Q2 earnings fall short of estimates

    Data analytics provider Tableau Software reported second quarter earnings after the bell today. The Seattle-based company posted a loss due to higher than expected expenses for the quarter, while still beating analyst’s expectations in terms of revenue. For the three months ended June 30, Tableau posted total revenue of $198.5 million and non-GAAP net earnings came in… Read More

  • SurveyMonkey study finds social media apps ruled mobile in first half of 2016

    SurveyMonkey study finds social media apps ruled mobile in first half of 2016

    A new study from SurveyMonkey Intelligence revealed the 30 most-downloaded and most-used apps in the American iOS and Android app stores so far this year. Social media apps like Facebook, Snapchat and Instagram ruled over mobile games in the first six months of 2016. Because Pokémon Go was released in the U.S. on July 6, that wildly popular new title didn’t even show in the… Read More

  • Grubhub announces more investments following strong 2Q

    Grubhub announces more investments following strong 2Q

    Takeout food delivery platform Grubhub stock soared 26 percent following a way-better-than-expected second quarter earnings release. The online marketplace connecting restaurants and takeout diners beat analysts expectations, both for revenue and adjusted EPS. For the second quarter ended June 30, the company posted $120.2 million in revenue, whereas Wall Street was expecting $114.2 million. Read More

  • Groupon reports better-than-expected revenue, still not profitable

    Groupon reports better-than-expected revenue, still not profitable

    Deal site Groupon saw its shares rising today in after-hours trading, following a better-than-expected second quarter earnings report. Analysts expected the Chicago-based company to report negative earnings per share of $0.02 on revenue on a non-GAAP basis, and $713.8 million in revenue, according to Estimize data. But Groupon beat Wall Street revenue expectations with second… Read More

  • Wix.com reports 2Q loss but beats expectations

    Wix.com reports 2Q loss but beats expectations

    Wix.com, the Israeli company that helps small business owners build websites, today reported earnings for its second financial quarter of 2016. For the quarter ending June 30, the Tel Aviv-based software provider posted growing revenue and a loss. Wix posted a net loss of $11.4 million, or 28 cents loss a diluted share, compared to a loss of $12.3 million, or 31 cents loss per share in… Read More

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